10 Best Spy-Fi Movies of All Time

Spies are like the better dressed version of superheroes. They stop supervillains from destroying the world, and they do incredible superhuman feats, with the help of insane gadgets and vehicles. With a new Bourne movie in theaters on Friday, it's a great time to celebrate the "spy-fi" genre, that combines spies and… » 8/07/12 10:05am 8/07/12 10:05am

10 Literary Devices, And Where You Can Find Them in Science Fiction

For thousands of years, humans have been creating stories — and for just as long, they've been coming up with words to describe all the tools and techniques that make a story work. But these "literary devices" don't just show up in classical drama and Anglo-Saxon poetry. They also show up in today's science fiction.… » 8/06/12 11:02am 8/06/12 11:02am

10 Greatest Unintentionally Hilarious Lines from Science Fiction and…

One of the great joys of watching science fiction and fantasy is to appreciate the unintentionally hilarious lines that come out of people's mouths sometimes. It's inevitable that when you're exploring mind-expanding premises and weird worlds, you're bound to run into some really insane conversations. » 8/03/12 10:43am 8/03/12 10:43am

10 Futuristic Technologies That Will Never Exist

Part of the joy of science fiction is seeing all the awesome toys, and imagining how they could exist in the real world. And so many of science fiction's coolest gadgets have come true, including Star Trek's PADDs and communicators. » 8/02/12 10:24am 8/02/12 10:24am

10 Foods You Crave — And Why You Crave Them

We've all experienced food cravings. In general they tend to be for things like potato chips, ice cream, and other high-calorie foods that doctors say will murder us. Some cravings, though, are the result of deep and correct instincts, telling us what we need to eat to stay alive. Here are ten ways your body's inner… » 8/01/12 10:12am 8/01/12 10:12am

10 Upcoming Science Fiction and Fantasy Movie Remakes (and Why They May…

Hollywood loves remakes. After all, old movies have instant name recognition, and material that's already been proved to work on the screen before. When remaking a book adaptation, you can draw on the previous movie as well as the source material. Of course, remakes are hit and miss — as witness the trail of films… » 7/31/12 10:00am 7/31/12 10:00am

10 Revolting Foods That People Have Made in Prison

Prison food is notoriously terrible, and it's not like you can go out to a drive-thru when you get hungry between meal-times. But prison inmates are famous for their amazing creativity — and when they're not making shivs and other improvised weapons, they're creating some truly bizarre food items. » 7/30/12 10:00am 7/30/12 10:00am

10 Recent Science Fiction Books That Are About Big Ideas

Nowadays, everybody says that science fiction has stopped talking about Big Ideas. Science fiction used to be the genre that asked the huge questions, about who we are and where we're going. But somehow, people say, the genre lost its appetite for deep thoughts. » 7/27/12 10:00am 7/27/12 10:00am

10 Things We Want From a New Star Trek TV Show

Two things happened in the past week or so: Star Trek: The Next Generation's first season came out in eye-popping high definition. And Roberto Orci said that talks about a new Star Trek TV show are "almost real." » 7/26/12 10:00am 7/26/12 10:00am

10 Scientific Missions That Became Action Adventures

Scientists, by definition, investigate the unknown. And where there's the unknown, there's danger. (There's also a lot of immense tedium and fiddling around with trivial details.) Sometimes, an apparently run-of-the-mill scientific expedition can turn deadly, without any warning. » 7/25/12 10:00am 7/25/12 10:00am

10 Criminally Overlooked Characters in the Mass Effect Universe

The more you delve into the Mass Effect games, the less the story is just about Commander Shepard. Instead, you start to notice more and more of the personal lives and struggles of the non-player characters you meet along the way. A huge part of what makes Mass Effect such an addictive universe is the supporting cast,… » 7/24/12 10:00am 7/24/12 10:00am

10 Civilizations That Disappeared Under Mysterious Circumstances

For almost as long as we've had civilization, we've lost it. There are records going back hundreds of years of explorers discovering huge temples encrusted with jungle, or giant pits full of treasure that were once grand palaces. Why did people abandon these once-thriving cities, agricultural centers, and trade… » 7/23/12 2:00pm 7/23/12 2:00pm

10 Structures That Could Help Us Build Civilizations on the Ocean

Many visions of the future involve people living in the middle of the ocean. This makes all kinds of sense, since oceans make up two-thirds of the planet's surface. Plus you can live independently, free from corrupt governments and the like. The biggest question, though, is how can you go about doing this? And the… » 7/20/12 10:09am 7/20/12 10:09am

Andy Warhol's Batman? 10 Wacky And Forgotten Versions Of Famous Movies

In 2012, such heralded heroes as the Caped Crusader and Bilbo Baggins will hit the multiplex, making the producers enough gold bullion to make gallons of extremely expensive, fatal soup. » 7/19/12 11:40am 7/19/12 11:40am

10 Completely Terrible Ways to Do a Justice League Movie

So it's semi-official. Warner Bros. reportedly wants to do a Justice League movie, as soon as 2015. They won't follow the Marvel plan, putting out a string of solo hero movies and then building to a team-up — instead, they'll introduce the team, and then maybe spin off some solo adventures. » 7/18/12 10:00am 7/18/12 10:00am

10 Limits to Human Perception ... and How They Shape Your World

Every human has limits. You can only run so fast, jump so high, and go for so long without water. But what about restrictions upon our five senses, those tools that we use to perceive and understand our surroundings? Here are ten limitations on human perception that have a direct impact on how we understand the world. » 7/17/12 10:26am 7/17/12 10:26am

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Batman

You think you know Batman? The Caped Crusader's mysteries are much deeper than you've ever fathomed. Over 60-odd years, in an assortment of media, Batman has gone in some incredibly weird directions. Here are 10 Bat-facts you didn't know. » 7/16/12 10:00am 7/16/12 10:00am

10 Robots With Good Reasons to Rise Up Against Humanity

Tell me, what did we ever do to Skynet? I bet it spent its days in an air-conditioned military base, having all its needs attended to and — if it had held out for just a bit longer — would get its pick of the internet's XXX-rated chat sites. There was no reason for it to go all Terminator on us. Here, though, are ten… » 7/13/12 10:10am 7/13/12 10:10am

10 Reasons Why Oxytocin Is The Most Amazing Molecule In The World

Though often referred to as the "trust hormone" oxytocin is increasingly being seen as a brain chemical that does a lot more than just bring couples closer together. » 7/12/12 10:20am 7/12/12 10:20am

10 Weird Rules That Control How We Name the Planets

Astronomers are particular people, but few are more particular than the members of the International Astronomical Union. The IAU dictates everything from whether or not something qualifies as a planet, to what that planet (or non-planet) can be called. » 7/11/12 10:39am 7/11/12 10:39am